Then the March kicked off. Our part of the March that is. I have no idea how many separate groups marched but it was a large number. They ranged from large financial organizations…to DOB (Dykes on Bikes – Trademarked) to FireFLAG/EMS (Active duty -Fire Department) to PFLAG and all sorts of clubs and organizations. Lets not forget the politicians, From Bloomberg and Coumo to Quinn and Weiner, they were all out in force. The Grand Marshals of the March included Edie Windsor (plaintiff in the DOMA case), Harry Belafonte, and Earl Fowlkes, head of the Center for Black Equity.
I discovered several interesting facts about the Quakers I did not know as we went by the reviewing stand. In 1969 the Stonewall Uprising occurred. According to the announcers on the stand, The Quakers were the ONLY religious organization in the area around Greenwich Village to leave their doors open and offer sanctuary in the Manhattan Meetinghouse to the protesters escaping police violence. Also, The Quakers have been in every Pride March since the first one in 1970
As I noted previously we finally started 2.5 hours after the march began. It was a very big march this year. I am on a brief break between birthday events so here come the pictures.